Insider Report 3/4/2021

This week, we bring you news about Deem's new online booking platform, information about getting passports in 2021, our top airline updates and more! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call

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Deem’s New Online Booking Platform

     Deem, the company that “pioneered” corporate travel management, has launched their new and highly anticipated online booking tool.  The new, easy to use and mobile-centric app, named “ETTA (Easier to Travel Anywhere), is highly traveler-focused and will incorporate other tools from Deem, including their Safety Check safety scoring tool.  ETTA also features an “intuitive” interface, robust self-service, search, booking and trip-modification capabilities, chat-bot assistance, machine learning functionality to adapt to user preferences and a travel-related news feed.  The app is now available for iOS users, and will also be available for Android users later this year.

National Travel is proud to partner with Deem for our 3% Travel Solution.  Our 3% Travel Solution offers a complete travel management system at 3% the cost of airfare booked, with over 50 services included.  


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Getting a Passport in 2021

There’s no time like now to apply for or renew your passport! 

     Due to a drop in COVID-19 infection numbers, and a rise in vaccination numbers, now is a great time to send in passport applications.  Want to learn more about the passport process? Here’s everything you need to know!

When to apply or renew my passport

     If you’re planning on any international travel in 2021, now is a great time to get started.  Currently, the processing time for routine passport service is 10-12 weeks.  For expedited service, travelers can pay an additional $60 to receive their passport in 4-6 weeks.  The U.S. Department of State recommends travelers use the U.S. Postal service for renewal applications for safe and contact less service.

     It is also important to note that the U.S. postal service is experiencing an unprecedented volume of mail which causes delays in the passport office receiving applications.  If you are needing to expedite your request, it is recommended that you use USPS’ Priority Express.

     In-person appointments are also extremely limited, and priority is given to those needing their passports for life-or-death emergencies, so whether you apply by mail or in person, it is important to apply early. 

What you need 

If you are needing to obtain your first U.S. passport in person, you will need to the following:

  • Completed form DS-11

  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship (must be an original or certified, physical copy)

  • Photocopy of U.S. citizenship evidence

  • Present ID (driver’s license, government employee ID, Trusted Traveler ID, etc)

  • Photocopy of present ID

  • One current photograph, meeting all photo requirements

  • Application fee

If you are applying for a renewal or for a name change on your passport by mail, you will need the following:
 

  • Completed form DS-82

  • Most recent passport

  • Certified copy of legal name change document(s) (if applicable)

  • One current photograph, meeting all photo requirements

  • Application fee

How much it will cost

     For normal processing of a passport book, the fee is $110.  For a passport card (which is only valid for domestic travel, sea border crossing and land border crossing from U.S. into Canada) the fee is $30.  For both, the processing fee is $140 and an additional $60 fee would be applied for expedited processing.
 

If you need assistance in obtaining your first U.S. passport, or obtaining a renewal, call and speak to one of our experts at National Travel today!

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly ‘Top 5 Airline Updates’ below!
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AA Miles for At-Home Testing

 

Members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, can now redeem 12,000 award miles to order an at-home COVID-19 testing kit! 

Least Punctual Airlines of 2020

 
 

A flight is considered on time if it operates less than 15 minutes after its scheduled time.  

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Qantas Launches “Mystery Flights”

 

Following the international travel ban in Australia, one airline is launching a creative campaign to promote more domestic travel.

 

 

Hawaiian Airlines Top in Punctuality

 

With 87.5 % of their flights arriving on time, Hawaiian Airlines had the nation’s top on-time performance last year.  The national average was 79%.

 

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Delta named 2nd best airline in the world

 

An “unwavering commitment to passenger safety and customer refunds,” landed Delta in the top 3 best airlines in the world.

 
Did you know?

     We asked our experts at National Travel, and over 80% of our agents prefer Delta Airlines!  Most agents preferred this airline because of their customer service and on-board amenities
 


“I prefer to fly with Delta because the customer service is always superior to the rest and their flights have better on time performances.”
 
-Taylor Self, Morgantown Travel Specialist

Now Open in Travel

Cancun Eases Restrictions for Spring Break!
Several popular resort destinations are easing their COVID-19 restrictions, just in time for Spring Break! Hotel, restaurant and beach capacity limits are rising, while nightclubs, bars and discos remain closed.

Click here to read more from Travel and Leisure

Ready to hop on a plan and get away this Spring?
Give us a call today!
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Need to find a testing center before your next trip?

National Travel is closely monitoring the ever-changing testing requirements and restrictions for destinations all over the world.  We are pleased to assist our clients in finding their closest testing site and staying up to date on the latest travel requirements for their next trip.  Currently, testing is only required for international travel, but for our travelers’ safety and convenience, we are able to provide information on the closest testing facilities for a number of different tests, including Rapid Molecular, PCR, and Antigen testing.

Your safety and peace of mind while traveling is so important to us.  National Travel will continue to empower our clients with information and resources to help you feel as safe as possible when you travel with us.
Click here to find testing near you!

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Reminder!!

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